With the creation of the Content Creation Area 51 proposal, the question Isn't this already covered by Web Applications? was asked. In response, I suggested that looking at the webapps FAQ that all of the proposed questions should be on topic here.

The proposer then pointed out that Question regarding Google Adsense was closed as off-topic, refuting my point.

Looking at that question, I can see why it would be closed, but I would have thought Not a real question or Not constructive would have been better close reasons, as it does fit into my interpretation of What kind of questions can I ask here?.

So, do people here think that the Content Creation proposal should be considered a duplicate of this webapps or are the questions there considered off-topic here?

  • that's not a very good question to point at. Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 11:53
  • @Sathya - Agreed, but it was the counterpoint made to my suggestion. Rather than having an extended argument over on Area 51, I thought it better to bring up the issue here. I'm not a regular on webapps so you will all know far better than I whether Content Creation questions are on-topic here.
    – Mark Booth
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 11:55
  • still trying to understand what "content creation" stands for - in general, if it's related to use of a webapp for creating content - example - how do I do x, y, z in tumblr, facebook etc - then yes, it is on-topic. Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 11:57
  • @Sathya - Yup, that was what I assumed.
    – Mark Booth
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 11:59
  • The Content Creation proposal was deleted. Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 14:24
  • Thanks for the update @Rubén.
    – Mark Booth
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 18:54

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At first glance it certainly does look like it covers topics that are on topic here. SE are usually on the ball with cases like this and will close new site proposals if they are duplicates or subsets of existing sites.

The only difference I can see with the proposal is the line:

This site aims to help them grow online and produce better content.

To me this implies the site is about how to produce better videos, blog posts etc. which would be largely off topic here. There might be technical questions about formatting of posts etc which would be on topic, but video production and writing questions are definitely off topic.

I see your point about the question you link to. Off topic does seem to be the wrong close reason, but I wasn't involved in the closure so I don't know why that reason was picked. The two community members who did vote to close are highly trusted so I would have picked the same reason they did, so unless the moderator overrode them they probably voted "Off Topic".

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    audio/video creation also seems to overlap with Video Production Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 12:06
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    @Sathya that did cross my mind. There'd also be a potential overlap with Writing for blogs.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 12:09

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